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A Successful Project Management Office – 6 More PMO Lessons

A Successful Project Management Office

In the previous article we started our investigation of the Project Management Office (PMO). In this second article by ‘Lazy Project Manager’, Peter Taylor, we see his remaining six lessons.

10 Lessons for a Successful Project Management Office

A Successful Project Management Office

A Successful Project Management Office

In Introduction to the PMO – The Absolute Essentials You Really MUST Know, we saw the first four of Peter Taylor’s lessons for a successful PMO:

  1. Get help
  2. Get the right leader
  3. Measure the PMO value
  4. Lock the value in

We also learned about the four styles of Project management Office, and the five levels of PMO maturity. If you did not read that article, it would be a good idea to do so before you read this one.

Let’s now look at Peter’s Project Management Office lessons 5 to 10.Continue reading

Introduction to the PMO – The Absolute Essentials You Really MUST Know

Introduction to the PMO - by Peter Taylor

The Project Management Office (PMO) in a business or professional enterprise is the department or group that defines and maintains the standards of process, generally related to project management, within the organization.

Introduction to the PMO - by Peter Taylor

Introduction to the PMO – by Peter Taylor

The PMO:

  • Strives to introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects
  • Aims to reduce project risk through common practice and quality assurance
  • Links business strategy to project-based execution of that strategy

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Use Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases to Guide Change

Use Kurt Lewin's Freeze Phases to Guide Change

Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases is one of those models that every change agent and Project Manager should be aware of.

Three Steps on the Journey of Change

Change is never-ending. Furthermore, it is a necessary part of Project Management. Yet managing it effectively is one of the principal challenges for organisations and their managers. So what is the process to support effective change in the people who make up our organisations?

This was a question addressed by one of the twentieth century’s leading thinkers in workplace psychology; Kurt Lewin. Among his many contributions to our understanding of organisational life is a three-part model of change. It has come to be known as the Freeze Phases model.Continue reading